PHP is one of the languages WordPress uses to build and maintain WordPress. Newer versions of PHP are both faster and more secure, so updating will have a positive effect on your site’s performance.
Before you do any updates/ upgrades on the Dashboard of your website make sure you have a decent backup plugin: a backup that will automatically backup your entire website on a daily basis and a backup that allows you to restore your entire website at a click of a button.
You created a website and over the years you have added products, services, articles, plugins and all the rest that goes with keeping a website up and running. You have worked hard and the last thing you want is when you try to access your website… it is simply… “gone”!
It doesn’t exist anymore. You hosting company had “guaranteed” that they would backup your website regularly but when you phone your hosting company they now say that unfortunately they cannot restore your website…
Bad… very bad!
There are various reasons why your website “is no longer there”. It could have been hacked; there could have been a conflict between plugins or the hosting company went out of business… (as improbable as it may seem).
If you have a WordPress website it is ESSENTIAL that you have the following:
There are various security plugins, Wordfence security being one of the very best. The Wordfence security plugin has a free version and a paid version. The free version is, in most cases, all you need for good website security.
The two most important plugins for any website are: a good backup and restore plugin as well as a good security plugin. Don’t try and expand your website until you have them installed and setup.
Somehow I ended up with two Gravatar Profiles and the old one kept displaying every time a visitor clicked my Gravatar.
It is quite easy to delete a Gravatar Profile.
Visit your account by logging into WordPress.com with your username and go to https://wordpress.com/me/account. Once the page opens scroll down the page to “Close your account permanently” option at the bottom of the page.
An “avatar” is an image that represents you online—a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites.
A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there.
Gravatar is a free service for site owners, developers, and users. It is automatically included in every WordPress.com account.
The Gutenberg editor has introduced many useful features to make editing of a WordPress website so much easier. The problem is that Gutenberg has technical glitches…
Should you be experiencing difficulties with your new Gutenberg editor (version 5.0 and up) go back to the Classic editor.
Go to your Admin Area > Plugins > Add New > search for ‘Classic Editor’ > Install Now > Activate
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And that’s it. You now have your Classic Editor back.
A word of caution: changing from Gutenberg to the Classic editor may mess up your photo Gallery(ies). You may have to create a new Gallery/ Galleries.
Which editors may I using? On my main website https://www.wordpresstrainingjohannesburg.com/ I have reverted back to the Classic editor. On my hobby website I am going to continue using the Gutenberg editor. New features are being added all the time to the Gutenberg editor and the technical glitches that many users are currently experiencing with Gutenberg will hopefully, in the not too distant future, be resolved.
WordPress announced that whilst new features are being added to Gutenberg on an ongoing basis, they will continue to support the Classic Editor until 2021.
If you have your own website or if you are managing the website for a client make sure you move from http to https ASAP. Here are the reasons:
Website not secure. Google Chrome warns users that the site they are about to visit is not secure. If a user about to visit your website gets a warning that your website in not safe then the probability is high that the user will will not visit your site
Ranking boost. Google gives a slight ranking boost should your website be https (this means you will be ranked higher when a user does a search on Google)
Encryption. Encrypting the exchanged data to keep it secure from eavesdroppers. This means that while the user is browsing a website, nobody can “listen” to their conversations, track their activities across multiple pages or steal their information.
Data integrity. Data cannot be modified or corrupted during transfer, intentionally or otherwise, without being detected.
Authentication. Proves that your users communicate with the intended website. It protects against man-in-the-middle attacks and builds user trust, which translates into other business benefits.
Is it difficult? Not all all. You simply have to phone your hosting company and request that your URL be changed from http to https. Once this is done remember to:
update your Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools (for all of you who attended the SEO Training Course)
change the urls on all your Google Ads (should you be running Ad Campaigns on Google Ads).
The Blog Subscriptions Jetpack Widget is easy to use and can easily bring you leads.
A popular method for gathering leads is encouraging visitors to subscribe to your site. This way, they’ll receive notifications whenever you post new content. Users can subscribe through the Subscriptions Widget.
This ensures that your site visitors won’t miss your latest posts. When they receive notifications that you’ve published new content, they’ll be more likely to keep you top-of-mind when they’re ready to make purchases.
How to go about it?
Go to your Admin Area > Appearance > Widgets
scroll down the widgets list to the ‘Blog Subscriptions Jetpack Widget
Drag the ‘Blog Subscriptions Jetpack’ Widget to the right hand side (and drop this widget in the correct sidebar). Fill in details.